Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Union Square Hospitality hires its 1st CMO

The multiconcept operator also added a new chief people officer.


Denny’s taps Mark Wolfinger to succeed John Miller as president

Miller will remain CEO. Robert Verostek will move up to CFO, suicceedoing Wolfinger.

Industry vet Geoffrey Goodman will be charged with growing the Southern California pizza chain.

Galatoire’s longtime chief Melvin Rodrigue will assume the chairmanship, while Louisiana Restaurant Association chief Stan Harris will take the top spot at the Association's Educational Foundation.

His appointment follows the sale of Archer's previous charge, Houlihan's.

Pete Bell, who previously worked as marketing chief for Twin Peaks, will take over the post with the bakery-cafe chain.

Blum also resigned his post as chairman, but remains a co-owner of the polished-casual chains.

The fast-casual pizza chain has ambitious growth plans.

Boka Restaurant Group— which won the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurateur—operates nearly 20 one-off restaurants, bars and coffee shops and has almost 2,000 employees. Here’s how a little luck, lots of hard work and, importantly, thoughtful team-building created a restaurant empire.

Upward Projects hires a CFO and chief development officer as it works to expand its casual-dining concept.

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